Waterbird Count – 6 November

Strong northwest winds today and colder temps than the last few days brought more activity through the straits today, but the primary species present was again Red-breasted Mergansers. After five days with no sign of the Harlequin, I was thinking that it had moved on, but I was pleased to see it land right out from the beach again this morning. It spent about an hour loafing on the water before flying off right as Carol showed up to see it. Glad to see that it’s still alive and well!
Mallard – 1
Redhead – 30
Harlequin Duck – 1
White-winged Scoter – 6
Long-tailed Duck – 11
Bufflehead – 3
Common Goldeneye – 18
Common Merganser – 7
Red-breasted Merganser – 17
duck sp. – 50
Horned Grebe – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 2
Herring Gull – 1
Other species:
Northern Harrier – 1
Bald Eagle – 3
American Crow – 1